We went to Gigi's cupcakes for our last day of school celebration extravaganza. It was an extravaganza all right! These cupcakes are amazing. Gigi's is a chain- so you may have one close to you. The cupcakes are so rich, that I would recommend eating half there and the other half later. I was in a coma for the rest of the day after eating half of my strawberry shortcake cupcake, bites of my girl's Midnight Magic Chocolate on Chocolate, a bite of s'mores, and a taste of the middle child's banana split cupcake.....
About the diet and the weight loss...........:)
You remember I was on the 17 day diet for about 15 days- typical sara-style- get it almost done.
I missed carbs so much that I am basically back to eating like I have always eaten and I gained back the 3 pounds that I lost- BUT..
But- I have started doing the 30 day shred work out video. I've been doing this for about 3 weeks and feel great. I have so much energy. My new philosophy is to work out like crazy for 25 minutes a day and then eat like crazy the rest of the time and this equals happiness ;) To tell you the truth, I would love to get to a place where I am working out like this (it is a good, hard workout for your whole body; strength training, cardio, and abs) and eating super healthy. But I can't seem to do all of that at one time.....yet.
God has been teaching me; little by little, to be content. To not be obsessed about trying to be thin- to not be obsessed with eating, to not be obsessed with eating only organic- to not be obsessed with anything but serving Him to the best of my ability and then to work out every other area in my life in moderation. Have I mastered the art of this balance??? NO! I am such a work in progress. But there have been several things helping me on the way....
1. The Bible- always the best source for any subject.
2. Dave- he is a calming influence in my life and when I freak out about a new diet- or why my workout is not causing me to lose 5 pounds a day...he calmly gives me good advice and helps me to see the balance and also the slow progress I am making.
2. These pod casts: one, two, three. (Food, Beauty, and control)
3. My church- we are constantly convicted and taught in the different areas of the Christian life- and when we are busy mentoring others, teaching our kids, encouraging our friends, reading God's Word, being sweet to our husband, spending time in prayer...then the other areas of our lives (food, diet, self image, discontent) seem to get back into balance or disappear- as in the case of discontentment.
Anyway! As you can see, I am pretty up and down on this stuff....but my desire is to lead a healthy and balanced approach to diet and exercise and that my whole focus would not be on me, me, me and how can I be thin, and how can I be as beautiful as that woman I saw on tv, etc, etc, etc. And there will be days when my thoughts and actions go right back there. But my desire is that each day, I will read the Bible, that I would be close to God and that His desires for my life would be my desires. That I would be an encouragement and joy for my family. That I would not be so focused on myself that I cannot see others around me.
How about you, which part of the cycle are you on? Diet + exercise, or trying to find a Gigi's Cupcakes nearest you?!?!